How Did She Do It?
As her workday began, she would dress up as an old woman and hobble on a pair of crutches. In fact, she was so bent over that her back was nearly parallel with the ground. As she walked, she carried a paper cup in her hand for collecting cash donations. By her appearance, pedestrians were quite convinced she was really handicapped.
This woman hung out on streets such as 5th Avenue in downtown New York. She would only walk down avenues that contained eccentric stores as Gucci, Prada, Nieman Marcus, and Tiffany’s-locations where she knew that the more affluent and generous people shopped.
On busy days she would collect as many as 50 donations in one hour. As she approached passer-bys she used lines as “Please help me” and those who gave, she thanked and said “God bless you.”
Confronted By News Reporters
She was secretly watched by a female news reporter for at least three days. When she was finished begging for the day, she would commute on a bus out to Queens. It was there where she parked her minivan and change into her normal clothes and then exited without the crutches. She dressed in nice clothes and wore Ugg boots.
The reporter stated, “It’s a totally different looking woman that emerges when the van pulls over. Why it’s a miracle, she is walking perfectly fine and the crutches are gone.”
Another reporter was told that she was paralyzed in a car accident. He asked her “What happened?” She responded, “Accident.”
The news team’s cameras recorded her crossing streets, meeting with friends, walking up stairs, and stopping as stores to shop as she carried a cell phone. Finally the reporter confronted her and told her “We had been watching you for a few days and you don’t really need those crutches do you? We saw you this morning walking perfectly fine.”
How did she respond to that? She simply ignored the reporter and continued walking down the street.
Remember this story. Some bums are well-to-do people dressed up in costumes.
When approached by such a person, don’t be so eager to give them money. If you see repeatedly see the same beggar hanging out in a specific location, this should raise a red flag. If this individual approaches you, tell them you observed them numerous times and you are suspicious of them. Suggest a place they can go for help. Find out these locations. If you’re able to snap a picture of with your cell phone, do so and submit it to local authorities.
For those who commute to work and back using public transportation, you should not have to be approached by panhandlers every day. Downtown shoppers should also be able to shop without having to run into them. Not only do they annoy people, but they hurt businesses in areas they hang out in. By giving to a beggar, you’re only promoting such behavior.
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